Jack Barrett
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 10, 17 Oct 2016, pp 515 - 516

It is recognised that elevated blood lactate levels increase the risk of mortality, even in those
patients who appear physiologically stable (Vincent et al, 2016). The National Early Warning
Score (NEWS) was introduced in the United Kingdom (UK) as a risk management tool in the
Emergency Department(ED). Based on easy to establish physiological data, ED staff are better
able to appropriately triage patients. Blood lactate has become a vital measure of the body's physiological response to an insult or injury. The authors of this study were assessing whether
adding a serum lactate reading (NEWS-L) to the NEWS assessment could improve the triage of
patients in the ED.

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